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Thinkuknow: New Resources and Training

The new school year is here! Thinkuknow has new resources and training opportunities to support you with the year ahead:

  1. New resource for 8-10 year olds
  2. Digital Families conference 2018
  3. New Ambassador course dates

1.Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds.

If you haven’t already seen it, Thinkuknow have a new resource for 8-10 year olds called Band Runner. This is a fun runner-style game, available on the Thinkuknow website, which you can use in the classroom and encourage children to play at home.

The game features the characters from Play Like Share: Sam, Alfie and Ellie who continue their adventures, this time running through school and collecting stars and points, whilst children support them to make decisions online. The game helps children to build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.

A key area of the new site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone that features six topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat , Lock, and Explore. Children can also visit the ‘Worried About Something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.

There is guidance for professionals, which includes a lesson plan on using Band Runner with children and young people.  We also see Band Runner as being a great tool and a unique way parents and carers can start/continue discussions in the home about online safety – alongside having a bit of fun in the process! To help them do so they have created an information sheet which includes ‘things to discuss’ whilst playing the game. Download all the resources here.

2. Digital Families conference 2018 – The Future for Young People Online

This conference, provided by NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone, is taking place in London on 10th October 2018, and will explore the challenges and opportunities of raising and educating children in a digital world. Expert speakers include, Sonia Livingstone OBE, Dr Victoria Baines and Dave Coplin. If you would like to hear more about what NCA –CEOP will be presenting on the day visit Thinkuknow’s blog post page here and get your ticket here.

3.New Ambassador course dates

With over 400 Ambassadors trained already this year, a final few spaces remain on their upcoming courses in 2018. The London course date is: 6th December 2018. For more information about the course and to book, click here.

LGBT Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools

The UK’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published the first ever guide for orthodox Jewish schools to improve the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.

Jewish LGBT campaign group, KeshetUK, helped produce the guide.  The guide aims to reduce potential harm to LGBT pupils across the community.

To find out more click on the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45435583

Money for Life: E-Learning Videos

The Money for Life e-learning videos are designed to help young people develop the skills needed to manage their money day to day. They’re free to use and can be completed anywhere by anyone. The short, interactive videos take the user through the key topics including:

  • banking,
  • budgeting,
  • borrowing
  • and keeping money safe.

Young people can check their learning through the quiz at the end of the four videos.

To find out more and to download the videos, click on the link: Money For Life: E-Learning Videos

Staying Safe on Holiday

This article, ‘Staying Safe on Holiday‘ is a reminder from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) that we should exercise the same caution with holiday accommodation as we would at home. This update gives a few checks and precautions to ensure parents and carers are not caught off guard on holiday. Also links to CAPT’s definitive guide to summer safety.

How can the Internet Help Children Get Active?

In the digital age, it is easy to replace mobility with mobile phones. With convenience on our side, it is tempting to be less active.

Physical activity is an important part of a child’s mental and physical development along with overall health, so how can we merge our children’s love of technology while also helping them get in the exercise they need in order to be happy and healthy?

It is difficult to combine the two and create a middle ground. Action for Children have provided some tips and tricks on how you can use technology to encourage your children to stay active during those hot summer days, or rainy winter skies.

1. Active Video Games

It’s now possible to interact with video games in a new way. Video games, such as Wii Sports, enable you to play ‘sports’ using similar physical actions that you would if you were actually on the field or court. Research has been focusing on how active video games can be used to increase energy output and improve different elements of fitness.

Active video games are being compared to the intensity of walking, skipping or jogging. Not only are active video games a good way to inspire your child to be more active, they’re a perfect way for family to bond and play together – as they are often team, or multiplayer games!

2. Fun Apps For Smartphones And Tablets

With smartphones and tablets becoming a part of everyday life, we are able to find ways to use them to incorporate physical activities into our children’s everyday lifestyle via apps.

The App Store and Google Play have lots of apps that encourage children to exercise, and have fun! Here are some apps that Action for Children have found:

  • Walkr – A Gamified Fitness App (13+) : A space-themed adventure game in which players earn energy points for their spaceship by walking in real life.
  • Sing Song Yoga App (4+): A musical kids’ yoga program in which song lyrics instruct children how to get into poses.
  • Sworkit Kids App (7+): A kid version of an adult workout tool that provides video and verbal instructions in how to complete age-appropriate exercises. The directives are provided in multiple languages, including English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.
  • Super Stretch Yoga App (4+): Move, play and breathe as Super Stretch introduces you to his friends and their yoga poses.
  • The Walk App (12+): Created with the NHS and the UK’s Department of Health, The Walk helps you walk more every single day as you try to save the world.

Just because your children love their time behind the screen does not mean that they can’t be active while doing so. With these tips, children can find fun approaches to daily exercise in ways in which they really enjoy.

New Resource to Help 8-10 Year Olds to stay Safe Online

Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds

The CEOP Education Team are delighted to say that Band Runner – a fun new runner-style game for 8-10 year olds – is now live on the Thinkuknow website.

The game features some familiar faces: Sam, Alfie and Ellie from the Play Like Share animations are continuing their adventures and helping children to  build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.

Band Runner is hosted on an all-new Thinkuknow website for 8-10 year olds.

A key area of the new site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone where Sam, Ellie and Alfie share child-friendly advice based upon their adventures in the films. The zone is divided into six  topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat , Lock, and Explore.

Children can visit the ‘Worried About Something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.

You can download the guidance for professionals, which includes a lesson plan on using Band Runner with children and young people here. The game and website can also be accessed by parents and carers with their children at home, and you can find information to share with parents and carers here.

Band Runner replaces their older 8-10s resource the Cyber Café. The Cyber Café will stay live here until 21st December 2018 to give time to wrap up any work in which it features, at which point it will be retired for good.